"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Instead of watching TV, we might...

It occurs to me that some people think it's INSANE when our little kids have no idea who iCarly is. On any given day, instead of watching TV...we might try on four different hats before choosing one...to wear to BED!

We might put a little kid up in a tree, and take a picture really quick before he realizes it's a tiny bit dangerous.

We might load 8 happy kids into our huge van and make a Happy Hour run to SONIC. Sonic makes our Wednesdays! Rowen is SO proud to have his own slush!! I wish my sister was my next door neighbor just about every day. I love her kids!

We might find a stash of candy canes from 14 weeks ago...and eat one just for fun. It IS Spring Break after all...let's just go nuts!

Last night as we were cleaning up dinner dishes, we overheard the Kindergartner teaching the three-year-old how to count by 10's. "Ten, Twenty, Firty, Forty, Fifty, Sixty, Sebenty... " I said "see, this is what kids do when they don't watch TV!".

I love a good dose of trashy TV here and there, and I do let my kids watch movies when they're sick or if we've been held hostage indoors for days on end due to crazy Nebraska weather! But, I love that the majority of the time they play and talk and FIGHT with each other. I feel like they're learning how to navigate relationships, and they're forced to entertain themselves and develop longer attention spans. They're teaching themselves how to READ...and you can't do that when you're watching Hannah Montana! ;)

I do worry though. Am I raising a bunch of clueless nerds who have no chance at being remotely popular in school? Will they be able to join in conversations about the one-hit wonders back in the 2010's when they're in their 30's???

Do we need a little balance? Probably. It's a tricky thing, that balance. Maybe we should fire up the ol' boob tube and try to find some Jonas Brothers or something.

We just might!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sick Day

I'm not saying I like having sick kids...especially not the kind of sick that requires a bowl in bed...(and yes, that's a boy wearing his sister's pink headphones! I guess when you're that sick, you just don't care?)!

But my house is so calm and quiet on sick days, it's hard not to appreciate the opportunity to do things like this...

I hate it that I get so caught up in trying to keep my house clean, laundry done, food prepared, that I don't stop often enough to enjoy a good computer game in the hallway.

Or, a hand of GO FISH.

I don't want my dirty clothes to start rotting, or my kitchen to disappear under crusty dishes. But I need to remember to seize the moments when they come along, and play with my little kids before they don't want to anymore ;)

Friday, March 12, 2010

I think I'm going to love blogging

I love blogs! I should say, I love reading other people's blogs. Something about having a glimpse into the lives of people I don't even know intrigues me. They inspire me, and entertain me. They make me think about my own life, and challenge me to live better, love harder, cherish everyday moments with my family a little more than I did before.

I hope I will love MY blog. I hope I can record the little moments of my days that I want to remember years from now. Things I tell myself I'll never forget-but somehow will. Little moments that add up to one big life. It's not perfect, it's not always funny, sometimes it's hard and sad and frustrating. In the end, I want to look back and be proud of the little moments. Sometimes the little moments make the big difference.

Like yesterday when I caught this baby just as he was about to make a huge mess with a giant box of cheerios.

But, his brother said "no mama, caaawws..." and sure enough, there were cars hidden in the box. Who knows how they got there?

I love it when I can figure out what my sweet littlest things are saying when they talk to me. It's like they have a super special, secret language at that age...and once in a while I get it. I love it when I get it.

I hope I always get it.

Even if I don't always get it, I will be proud to have been a part of it. I love being home with my babies, and it's going so fast that I've already started to forget those little moments that make it all worth it. I need a way to keep track of those little moments, that will eventually add up to my big life. I think I'm going to love blogging!